2018-03-10: News Headlines

Harry Blain (2018-03-10). Once Upon a Time, Congress Actually Fought Saudi Arms Deals. MintPress News That should've happened so fast that Congress couldn't step in. These were the words of Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen at February's prestigious Munich Security Conference, in a panel discussion on whether President Obama should have used military force against the Syrian government in 2013. | The senator's comments succinctly capture the "don't ask us" mantra that the current United States Congress has increasingly followed when faced with questions of war, peace, and America's role in the world — a clear abdication of its duties under Article 1 of the constitution. | But not every Congress has rolled over so easily. | Indeed, in the past Congress has asserted itself in ways that now seem almost unthinkable: denying and opposing presidential requests for arms sales, scrutinizing intelligence agencies, and questioning…

Maha Ahmed (2018-03-10). A Hidden Factor in Police Shootings of Black Americans: Decades of Housing Segregation. The Intercept Data has shown that, across the country, black Americans are more likely to be killed by police than whites. But the problem is worse in the most segregated states, according to a recent study showing that racial disparities in fatal police shootings are linked to histories of structural violence. | Police killings, more than just the consequence of a few bad-apple officers that can be rooted out of the system, instead can be traced back to the discriminatory housing and economic policies of the mid-20th century, the study's senior author, Michael Siegel, told The Intercept. | To conduct their analysis, Siegel and his colleagues at Boston University's School of Public Health compared two numbers for each state: the black-white ratio in the rate of fatal police shootings from 2013 to mid-2017, and something the authors termed a "racism index." | For the…

Phillip Smith, AlterNet (2018-03-10). How LSD Makes Music Profoundly Awesome. AlterNet.org Researchers are learning more about how the powerful psychedelic affects the brain. | Listening to Jimi Hendrix on acid back in the day was absolutely mind-melting. The sounds transcended normal tonality—not to mention space-time—and the music itself took on deep, deep meaning. It seemed like he was plugged into the primal energies of the universe, and profound truths flickered like jagged lightning. It wasn't just the music of the master, either—LSD had the uncanny ability to imbue even the most saccharine dreck with cosmic connotations. Any old head who suddenly "got" Terry Jacks' "Seasons in the Sun" in an acid-induced tearful epiphany knows whereof I speak. Now, some new research helps explain why that happens. A recent study in Cerebral Cortex found that LSD changed the perception of music by altering the neural response in certain key brain regions, including those that govern. . .

Andrew O'Hehir, Salon (2018-03-10). Trump's Freaky Week: Tough-Guy Tariffs, a Porn Star and a Strange Bromance with North Korea. AlterNet.org Trickster demon Donald Trump had one hell of a week. | If Donald Trump had been sent to Earth by a malicious deity to expose human hypocrisy in its many forms, like a trickster demon out of the mythological past, I'm not sure he could be doing a better job. Indeed, that might be a more convincing explanation than any others we have available, and it conforms neatly with Neil deGrasse Tyson's 50/50 proposition that our universe is actually a computer simulationdesigned by a superior civilization. This week alone we have seen Trump reintroduce tariffs — a seemingly antique mechanism viewed with dread by both economists and history students — halfway admit to having cheated on his current wife with a porn star, and agree in principle to a summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. None of those things. . .

Phillip Smith, AlterNet (2018-03-10). WATCH: Mississippi Police Chief Gets Caught Smoking Weed. AlterNet.org And now he's the ex-chief. | The man who described himself on video as "the only chief of police in Lumberton that likes to smoke weed" is now out of a job after that video, which indeed shows him admittedly smoking marijuana, was shown on a local television station. Lumberton, Mississippi, Police Chief Shane Flynt had been suspended after the video emerged, and on Tuesday, the Lumberton Board of Aldermen voted unanimously to accept his resignation. Mayor Quincy Rogers wanted Flynt fired, but the board instead accepted his resignation, with Alderwoman Audrey Davis saying the board wanted to give Flynt a chance at another opportunity. It's unclear when the video was recorded, although Christmas music can at times be heard in the background, and the red-eyed police chief makes a reference to a red-nosed reindeer. In a statement on Facebook, Flynt said that his wife had. . .

Frederick Clarkson, Political Research Associates (2018-03-10). Religious Freedom Is a Progressive Value and a Cornerstone of Our Democracy. AlterNet.org The Christian Right has been appropriating religious freedom to advance its agenda—frequently saying what religious freedom is not, but not much about what it is. | (Editor's note: The following article is adapted from the author's speech at the New York Society for Ethical Culture and first appeared at PoliticalResearch. org)Religious freedom is a central issue of our time. It has figured prominently in recent decisions of the U. S. Supreme Court. It was a major theme of the presidential election of 2016. And it has been a major theme of the Christian Right in both its evangelical protestant and Catholic expressions, as part of an effort to enact their religious and political agenda. In June, the Supreme Court will announce its decision in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, where it will be decided whether businesses can discriminate. . .

Staff (2018-03-10). When a Trillion Dollars' Worth of Bombs Is Not Enough. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists For the New York Times, the US is always lagging behind the Russian menace. Previously, the Times has told us how America was losing the "scramble for the Arctic" ( 8/30/15) and falling behind in election-meddling ( 3/4/18). Now it's in the realms of cyber and nuclear war that the Times sees dangerous gaps. | In "A Russian Threat on Two Fronts Meets an American Strategic Void" ( 3/5/18), reporters David Sanger and William Broad passed along the worries of Washington—as expressed by a few military higher-ups, some guy from the arms industry mouthpiece known as the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and a disembodied "The United States"—that Trump didn't have a coherent strategy for dealing with cyber and nuclear threats from Russia. The front-page subhead warned, "Russia has ramped up its arsenal, US has done…

Manlio Dinucci (2018-03-10). L'avvertimento nucleare di Putin. Global Research Il discorso del presidente russo Putin sullo stato della nazione, dedicato alle questioni interne e internazionali, ha suscitato in Italia scarso interesse politico-mediatico e qualche commento ironico. | Eppure dovrebbe essere ascoltato con estrema attenzione. Evitando giri diplomatici di parole, Putin …

Staff (2018-03-10). Summit Plan Too Easy on North Korea? U.S. Rejects Criticism. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says North Korea has made promises to denuclearize, stop its nuclear and missile testing and allow joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises. | The post Summit Plan Too Easy on North Korea? U.S. Rejects Criticism appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

WSWS (2018-03-10). Nearly 30,000 Los Angeles School District support staff to vote for strike authorization. World Socialist Web Site The unions in Los Angeles are working to keep the struggles of school workers and teachers separate, while preventing a united movement of the entire working class in defense of public education.

Ryan Lenz, Southern Poverty Law Center (2018-03-10). White Nationalists Are Pushing for a 'Blue-Eyed' English. AlterNet.org They call it Anglish. | White nationalists have gone looking for a mothertung. No, that isn't a misspelling, rather how the word would look for white nationalists obsessed with seeing Anglish in widespread use. Anglish? I must certainly mean English, right? Nope. Derived from "linguistic purism," an idea that dates to the 16th and 17th centuries, Anglish is the English language either expunged of words with Latinate or Greek origins, or with those words completely reimagined with deference to Germanic roots. In the 19th century, writers such as Charles Dickens and Thomas Hardy favored the style, even introducing words like "birdlore" instead of ornithology and "bendsome" in place of flexible. But in the last year, as the racist "alt-right" has moved farther into the mainstream, this old idea has seen some newfound enthusiasm. (Maybe racists have come to realize that if a white ethnostate can't. . .

WSWS (2018-03-10). Russian economy stagnates as presidential election approaches. World Socialist Web Site Russians will head to the polls on March 18, as the Kremlin touts an economic recovery that leaves millions behind.

WSWS (2018-03-10). Germany: The new Social Democratic ministers. World Socialist Web Site The SPD will play a key role in the new cabinet, after rank-and- file members approved the right-wing coalition agreement by a clear two-thirds majority.

RT (2018-03-10). Trump says deal with North Korea 'very much in the making'. RT US News US President Donald Trump believes he is capable of reaching a deal with North Korea that will be a "very good one for the world," he said, after agreeing to talks with Pyongyang following Kim Jong-un's invitation for a meeting.
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WSWS (2018-03-10). US "allies" scramble for tariff exemptions. World Socialist Web Site The European Union is "counting" on being exempted from the Trump tariff measures but may get short shrift.

WSWS (2018-03-10). Australian government obtains "national security" exemption from Trump's trade war measures. World Socialist Web Site The government argued that retaining steel production in Australia was vital for its $200 billion military spending program.

Stefanie Duguay, The Conversation (2018-03-10). 'Queer Eye' and the Myth of the Self-Made Man. AlterNet.org The new Queer Eye embraces diversity and counters toxic masculinity. Yet its focus on consumerism threatens its lofty ideals. | Netflix's revamp of the classic makeover show Queer Eye, originally called Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, has received rave reviews. In this eight-episode season, the "Fab Five" — gay men who are experts in grooming, fashion, culture, design and cooking — pile into a new pick-up truck to scour the Atlanta area for lonely and messy men. The show adapts to current social realities. Bravo's classic Queer Eye for The Straight Guy aired in 2003 and was considered daring simply by displaying gay and heterosexual men interacting on television. This Fab Five address a wider range of issues including racism and religious differences. Recent reviewers say the show does a good job of teaching heterosexual men how to display emotions and

Staff (2018-03-10). In China, Critics Silenced on Move to End Term Limits. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists As the Communist Party unveils a proposal to allow President Xi Jinping to rule indefinitely, critics are resorting to roundabout ways to voice concerns about greater political repression ahead. | The post In China, Critics Silenced on Move to End Term Limits appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Robert Reich, RobertReich.org (2018-03-10). Robert Reich: America's Shkreli Problem. AlterNet.org Shkreli's going to prison. But what about the other unbridled narcissists in positions of power? | On Friday, Martin Shkreli was sentenced to seven years in prison. What, if anything, does Shkreli's downfall tell us about modern America? Shkreli's early life exemplified the rags-to-riches American success story. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, in April 1983, to parents who immigrated from Albania and worked as janitors in New York apartment buildings. Shkreli attended New York's Hunter College High School, a public school for intellectually gifted young people, and in 2005 received a bachelor's degree in business administration from Baruch College. But soon thereafter, Shkreli turned toward shady deals. He started his own hedge fund, betting that the stock prices of certain biotech companies would drop. Then he used financial chat rooms on the Internet to savage the companies he bet against, causing their. . .

RT (2018-03-10). Trump pardons submariner who took photos of classified sub & used 'Clinton emails' defense. RT US News US president Donald Trump has pardoned a Navy sailor who was sentenced to prison for taking and "mishandling" photos of a classified military vessel. The submariner used Hillary Clinton's email scandal in his court defense.
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WSWS (2018-03-10). Four dead following hostage situation at Northern California veterans home. World Socialist Web Site The hostages were employees of the nonprofit organization Pathway House, which provides services to veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Truthout Stories (2018-03-10). Cochran, Corker, Flake and Hatch: The Great Senate "See Ya!" Truthout Stories The US Capitol is bathed in the light of the sun setting over the National Mall in Washington, DC, on March 7, 2018. (Photo: Samuel Corum / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images) | No matter what happens during the 2018 midterm elections, Congress is going to be a different place next year. More than 30 Republican lawmakers are joining Cochran, Flake, Corker and Hatch next year on their way to parts unknown. August names like Issa, Gowdy, Barton, Chaffetz and Farenthold will no longer be with us. Will anything change as a result?The US Capitol is bathed in the light of the sun setting over the National Mall in Washington, DC, on March 7, 2018. (Photo: Samuel Corum / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images) | This Truthout original was only possible because of our readers' ongoing support. Can you make a monthly…

WSWS (2018-03-10). Berlin film festival: SPD cabinet minister promotes #MeToo campaign. World Socialist Web Site The media circus at this year's Berlinale was all centred on one topic: #MeToo. Virtually every interview, meeting and media report mentioned the sexual misconduct campaign in one way or another.

Marshall Auerback, AlterNet (2018-03-10). Meet the Democratic 'Dirty Dozen' Working to Gut Financial Reforms. AlterNet.org This act of regulatory vandalism highlights everything that is corrupt about our political system. | We have grown to expect no less from the GOP, whose sole raison d'etre these days seems to be filling the trough from which America's fat cats can perpetually gorge themselves. What is truly disturbing, however, is that the Republican effort is being given bipartisan cover by more than a dozen Democratic senators: Doug Jones (Ala. ), Joe Donnelly (Ind. ), Heidi Heitkamp (N. D. ), Jon Tester (Mont. ), Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both from Va. ), Claire McCaskill (Mo. ), Joe Manchin (W. Va. ), Gary Peters (Mich. ), Michael Bennet (Colo. ), Chris Coons (Del. ), and Tom Carper of Delaware. To this esteemed group, we should also add Senator Angus King (ME), an Independent who regularly caucuses with the Democrats. So, in reality, it's a filibuster-proof "Baker's Dirty Dozen. " Digging into the details, perhaps. . .

Truthout Stories (2018-03-10). Donald Trump's Relentless Scandal-Fixer: The Many Mysterious Doings of Michael Cohen. Truthout Stories Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, speaks to the media after finding out the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing at which they were to appear was canceled, on September 19, 2017, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Mark Wilson / Getty Images) | If there is one person lurking around the shadows of every Trump scandal, it would be his personal lawyer Michael Cohen, known as the Tom Hagen of the Trump family, only with much less class and dignity than the original consigliere of Godfather fame. Back in 2011 ABC News described him as "the man behind Donald Trump's possible 2012 presidential campaign," and asked him about the Hagen reference. He replied: | [I]f somebody does something Mr. Trump doesn't like, I do everything in my power to resolve it to Mr. Trump's benefit. If you do something wrong, I'm going to…

Staff (2018-03-10). With Little Scrutiny, U.S. Military Ramps Up in Afghanistan. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists American problems in the 16-year war include a resilient Taliban, a weak government in Kabul and, according to the top general overseeing the conflict, Russian interference. | The post With Little Scrutiny, U.S. Military Ramps Up in Afghanistan appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Agence France-Presse (2018-03-10). Putin Claims 'Jews' Could be Behind U.S. Election Meddling. AlterNet.org U. S. intelligence chiefs says Russia still seeks to meddle in American elections. | President Vladimir Putin suggested in a US television interview that Ukrainians, Tatars or "Jews," could have meddled in the 2016 US presidential election — but not the Kremlin. "Why have you decided the Russian authorities, myself included, gave anybody permission to do this? " Putin asked in the often-combative interview with NBC television. The leading US intelligence. . . | Related Stories: WATCH: Police Kick Good Samaritan Out Of McDonald's For Buying Homeless MealInventors of Killing Machines Like the AK-47 Often Regret Their CreationsYoung Courage vs. White Male Rage

Nicolas J.S. Davies (2018-03-10). The Illusion of War Without Casualties. MintPress News Last Sunday's Oscar Awards were interrupted by an incongruous propaganda exercise featuring a Native American actor and Vietnam vet, featuring a montage of clips from Hollywood war movies. | The actor, Wes Studi, said that he "fought for freedom" in Vietnam. But anyone with even a rudimentary understanding of that war, including for instance the millions of viewers who watched Ken Burns' Vietnam War documentary, knows that it was the Vietnamese who were fighting for freedom — while Studi and his comrades were fighting, killing and dying, often bravely and for misguided reasons, to deny the people of Vietnam that freedom. | Studi introduced the Hollywood movies he was showcasing, including "American Sniper," "The Hurt Locker" and "Zero Dark Thirty," with the words, "Let's take a moment to pay tribute to these powerful films that shine a great spotlight on those who…

Hannah Seligson (2018-03-10). Ivanka Trump Backed Flynn and Manafort. She Discussed Firing Comey. How Has She Evaded Mueller's Investigation? The Intercept Ivanka Trump is the ghost of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation: She is connected, either directly or tangentially, to events at the heart of the probe, yet all but invisible to the public. | But as Mueller's investigation broadens, the so-called first daughter is becoming a long overdue part of the bigger story of alleged corruption at the Trump Organization. Last week, we learned that the FBI is looking into the financing and negotiations surrounding her involvement with Trump International Hotel and Tower in Vancouver, which is home to an Ivanka Trump-branded spa. That inquiry may be unrelated to the Russia probe, but it should draw scrutiny to Ivanka's business dealings and how they relate to her father's political rise. | The mainstream press frequently describes Ivanka — who recently denied any collusion between Donald Trump's campaign and the…

Staff (2018-03-10). U.K. Holds Emergency Meeting in Russian Ex-Spy Case. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Police are looking for clues as to what sickened Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia. They remain in critical condition, poisoned with what authorities said was a rare nerve agent. | The post U.K. Holds Emergency Meeting in Russian Ex-Spy Case appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

WSWS (2018-03-10). Google's alliance with the military: The ruling class responds to social unrest in America. World Socialist Web Site Google's admission that it is aiding and abetting the US military's illegal assassination program exemplifies the sinister alliance of the technology monopolies with the repressive apparatus of the state.

Mr. Fish (2018-03-10). No More Shitheads. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The post No More Shitheads appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

WSWS (2018-03-10). YouTube threatens to shut down right-wing Infowars channel. World Socialist Web Site The move sets a dangerous precedent that will be turned against left-wing news outlets.

RT (2018-03-10). Gunman & 3 hostages found dead inside veterans' home in California. RT US News The hostage crisis in California has ended, after the suspect and three hostages were discovered dead inside the veterans' home in Napa County, authorities have confirmed, following an hours-long standoff.
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Belle Chesler, TomDispatch (2018-03-10). What Does It Mean When High School Students Take the Lead in Fighting a National Problem? AlterNet.org Will an AR-15 succeed where the American Dream failed? | "It was no surprise to anyone who knew him to hear that he was the shooter. " | — Emma Gonzalez, Senior, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High SchoolOver the past three weeks, the impassioned voices and steadfast demands of the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have resounded across social media and through the halls of the large suburban high school where I teach visual arts. A group of senior girls, spurred to action by the horrors of the Parkland massacre and emboldened by watching videos of its protesting students, organized a walkout of their own. Though it was an uncharacteristically cold, snowy day in our part of Oregon, hundreds of students marched out of school, engaging in what was certainly, for many of them, their first act of civil disobedience. I. . .

WSWS (2018-03-10). Hospital workers protest layoffs in Michigan. World Socialist Web Site Two giant hospital chains, Ascension and Tenet, have announced layoffs and unit closures…

Heather Digby Parton, Salon (2018-03-10). Donald Trump's Relentless Fixer: The Many Mysterious Doings of Michael Cohen. AlterNet.org Why Trump is so worried about Stormy Daniels remains unclear. But if Michael Cohen is involved, it must be serious. | If there is one person lurking around the shadows of every Trump scandal, it would be his personal lawyer Michael Cohen, known as the Tom Hagen of the Trump family, only with much less class and dignity than the original consigliere of "Godfather" fame. Back in 2011 ABC News described him as "the man behind Donald Trump's possible 2012 presidential campaign," and asked him about the Hagen reference. He replied: [I]f somebody does something Mr. Trump doesn't like, I do everything in my power to resolve it to Mr. Trump's benefit. If you do something wrong, I'm going to come at you, grab you by the neck and I'm not going to let you go until I'm finished. Presumably that does. . .

RT (2018-03-10). Pentagon says Trump will get flyovers but no tanks at grand military parade. RT US News President Donald Trump will get his military parade through Washington DC on Veterans' Day, but without tanks. The Pentagon said only wheeled military vehicles would be on display, to avoid damaging roads.
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WSWS (2018-03-10). Oppose Sinhala racist violence against Muslim community in Sri Lanka. World Socialist Web Site The government and the ruling elite are using anti-Muslim communalism to divert and divide the working people.

Stefanie Duguay, The Conversation (2018-03-10). 'Queer Eye' and the Myth of the Self-Made Man. AlterNet.org The new Queer Eye's focus on consumerism threatens its lofty ideals. | Netflix's revamp of the classic makeover show Queer Eye, originally called Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, has received rave reviews. In this eight-episode season, the "Fab Five" — gay men who are experts in grooming, fashion, culture, design and cooking — pile into a new pick-up truck to scour the Atlanta area for lonely and messy men. The show adapts to current social realities. Bravo's classic Queer Eye for The Straight Guy aired in 2003 and was considered daring simply by displaying gay and heterosexual men interacting on television. This Fab Five address a wider range of issues including racism and religious differences. Recent reviewers say the show does a good job of teaching heterosexual men how to display emotions and develop self-acceptance. By so doing, Queer Eye becomes. . .

WSWS (2018-03-10). Transnational beer corporation creates water crisis in northern Mexico. World Socialist Web Site Constellation Brands set up beer manufacturing plants in drought-prone cities and is threatening the region with a water crisis.

RT (2018-03-10). 'Weapon of mass suppression': Russiagate now used to target any dissent in US — Max Blumenthal. RT US News Calls from US lawmakers to designate "anti-American" Al Jazeera as a foreign agent shows how Russiagate's real aim is to suppress any viewpoint that challenges the mainstream narrative, journalist Max Blumenthal has warned.
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Staff (2018-03-10). Ex-Patient Kills Three at Veterans Center, Then Himself. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists YOUNTVILLE, Calif.—The gunman who killed three people who work for a California program that treats veterans for post-traumatic stress disorder was kicked out of the program, a relative of one victim said Friday. | Albert Wong, 36, [who also killed himself,] was identified as the man who went to The Pathway House therapy center on the sprawling campus of the largest veterans homes in the country and took a psychologist and two executives hostage, authorities said. | Wong slipped into a going-away party for two employees of The Pathway Home, authorities said. | Gunshots were fired around 10: 30 a.m. after he arrived at the Veterans Home of California-Yountville but nothing more was heard from him or the women until their bodies were found at about 6 p.m., authorities said. | Wong's rental car was found nearby. A bomb-sniffing dog alerted on the car…

WSWS (2018-03-10). Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific. World Socialist Web Site The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

WSWS (2018-03-10). Still no facts in UK/Russia double agent poisoning case. World Socialist Web Site Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia are in a critical condition after allegedly being exposed to what has been described only as a "nerve agent."

WSWS (2018-03-10). Spreading wave of working class unrest in the US follows West Virginia teachers strike. World Socialist Web Site The ruling class and the trade unions are desperately seeking to control social opposition and prevent demands for walkouts from developing in the direction of a general strike.

RT (2018-03-10). Outcry as Trump links violence to video games, shows reel with gaming massacre at Moscow airport. RT US News President Trump highlighted extreme violence in video games with the help of a stomach-churning compilation including a video game massacre in a Moscow airport. Critics lashed out at the suggestion that gaming causes violence.
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Aída Chávez (2018-03-10). Congress Failed to Meet Donald Trump's DACA Deadline, but These Dreamers Are Fighting On. The Intercept The determination of the young people at the heart of the DACA debate — and the struggles they face — is often left out of the conversation. | The post Congress Failed to Meet Donald Trump's DACA Deadline, but These Dreamers Are Fighting On appeared first on The Intercept.

Ahmad Khan (2018-03-10). Megalomaniac Crown Prince Fails to Win Over Londoners With Charm Offensive. MintPress News It takes more than a charm offensive to win over the hearts and minds of Brits who are overwhelming opposed to the state visit of a de facto ruler accused of war crimes and gross human rights violations. | The post Megalomaniac Crown Prince Fails to Win Over Londoners With Charm Offensive appeared first on MintPress News.

Marshall Auerback, AlterNet (2018-03-10). Meet the Democratic 'Dirty Dozen' Working to Gut Financial Reforms. AlterNet.org This act of regulatory vandalism highlights everything that is corrupt about our political system. | As if to maximize the possibility of another major financial crisis, the Trump administration and the GOP have recently been busy undercutting the limited safeguards established a decade ago via Dodd-Frank. The latest example of this stealth attack on Wall Street reform is the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, appropriately sponsored by Republican Senator Mike Crapo of Idaho, chairman of the Senate Banking Committee. Appropriate, because this is literally a "crapo" bill. It provides a few "technical tweaks" to Dodd-Frank in the same way in which protection payouts to organized crime provide businesses with "insurance" against property damage. In reality, it is an act of regulatory vandalism, which highlights everything that is corrupt about our political system. We have grown to expect no less from. . .

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2018-03-10: News Headlines

Andrew O'Hehir, Salon (2018-03-10). Trump's Freaky Week: Tough-Guy Tariffs, a Porn Star and a Strange Bromance with North Korea. AlterNet.org Trickster demon Donald Trump had one hell of a week. | If Donald Trump had been sent to Earth by a malicious deity to expose human hypocrisy in its many forms, like a trickster demon out of the mythological past, I'm not sure he could be doing a better job. Indeed, that might be a more convincing explanation than any others we have available, and it conforms neatly with Neil deGrasse Tyson's 50/50 proposition that our universe is actually a computer simulationdesigned by a superior civilization. This week alone we have seen Trump reintroduce tariffs — a seemingly antique mechanism viewed with dread by both economists and history students — halfway admit to having cheated on his current wife with a porn star, and agree in principle to a summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. None of those things. . .

Phillip Smith, AlterNet (2018-03-10). How LSD Makes Music Profoundly Awesome. AlterNet.org Researchers are learning more about how the powerful psychedelic affects the brain. | Listening to Jimi Hendrix on acid back in the day was absolutely mind-melting. The sounds transcended normal tonality—not to mention space-time—and the music itself took on deep, deep meaning. It seemed like he was plugged into the primal energies of the universe, and profound truths flickered like jagged lightning. It wasn't just the music of the master, either—LSD had the uncanny ability to imbue even the most saccharine dreck with cosmic connotations. Any old head who suddenly "got" Terry Jacks' "Seasons in the Sun" in an acid-induced tearful epiphany knows whereof I speak. Now, some new research helps explain why that happens. A recent study in Cerebral Cortex found that LSD changed the perception of music by altering the neural response in certain key brain regions, including those that govern. . .

Maha Ahmed (2018-03-10). A Hidden Factor in Police Shootings of Black Americans: Decades of Housing Segregation. The Intercept Data has shown that, across the country, black Americans are more likely to be killed by police than whites. But the problem is worse in the most segregated states, according to a recent study showing that racial disparities in fatal police shootings are linked to histories of structural violence. | Police killings, more than just the consequence of a few bad-apple officers that can be rooted out of the system, instead can be traced back to the discriminatory housing and economic policies of the mid-20th century, the study's senior author, Michael Siegel, told The Intercept. | To conduct their analysis, Siegel and his colleagues at Boston University's School of Public Health compared two numbers for each state: the black-white ratio in the rate of fatal police shootings from 2013 to mid-2017, and something the authors termed a "racism index." | For the…

Harry Blain (2018-03-10). Once Upon a Time, Congress Actually Fought Saudi Arms Deals. MintPress News That should've happened so fast that Congress couldn't step in. These were the words of Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen at February's prestigious Munich Security Conference, in a panel discussion on whether President Obama should have used military force against the Syrian government in 2013. | The senator's comments succinctly capture the "don't ask us" mantra that the current United States Congress has increasingly followed when faced with questions of war, peace, and America's role in the world — a clear abdication of its duties under Article 1 of the constitution. | But not every Congress has rolled over so easily. | Indeed, in the past Congress has asserted itself in ways that now seem almost unthinkable: denying and opposing presidential requests for arms sales, scrutinizing intelligence agencies, and questioning…

Phillip Smith, AlterNet (2018-03-10). WATCH: Mississippi Police Chief Gets Caught Smoking Weed. AlterNet.org And now he's the ex-chief. | The man who described himself on video as "the only chief of police in Lumberton that likes to smoke weed" is now out of a job after that video, which indeed shows him admittedly smoking marijuana, was shown on a local television station. Lumberton, Mississippi, Police Chief Shane Flynt had been suspended after the video emerged, and on Tuesday, the Lumberton Board of Aldermen voted unanimously to accept his resignation. Mayor Quincy Rogers wanted Flynt fired, but the board instead accepted his resignation, with Alderwoman Audrey Davis saying the board wanted to give Flynt a chance at another opportunity. It's unclear when the video was recorded, although Christmas music can at times be heard in the background, and the red-eyed police chief makes a reference to a red-nosed reindeer. In a statement on Facebook, Flynt said that his wife had. . .

Frederick Clarkson, Political Research Associates (2018-03-10). Religious Freedom Is a Progressive Value and a Cornerstone of Our Democracy. AlterNet.org The Christian Right has been appropriating religious freedom to advance its agenda—frequently saying what religious freedom is not, but not much about what it is. | (Editor's note: The following article is adapted from the author's speech at the New York Society for Ethical Culture and first appeared at PoliticalResearch. org)Religious freedom is a central issue of our time. It has figured prominently in recent decisions of the U. S. Supreme Court. It was a major theme of the presidential election of 2016. And it has been a major theme of the Christian Right in both its evangelical protestant and Catholic expressions, as part of an effort to enact their religious and political agenda. In June, the Supreme Court will announce its decision in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, where it will be decided whether businesses can discriminate. . .

Staff (2018-03-10). When a Trillion Dollars' Worth of Bombs Is Not Enough. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists For the New York Times, the US is always lagging behind the Russian menace. Previously, the Times has told us how America was losing the "scramble for the Arctic" ( 8/30/15) and falling behind in election-meddling ( 3/4/18). Now it's in the realms of cyber and nuclear war that the Times sees dangerous gaps. | In "A Russian Threat on Two Fronts Meets an American Strategic Void" ( 3/5/18), reporters David Sanger and William Broad passed along the worries of Washington—as expressed by a few military higher-ups, some guy from the arms industry mouthpiece known as the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and a disembodied "The United States"—that Trump didn't have a coherent strategy for dealing with cyber and nuclear threats from Russia. The front-page subhead warned, "Russia has ramped up its arsenal, US has done…

Manlio Dinucci (2018-03-10). L'avvertimento nucleare di Putin. Global Research Il discorso del presidente russo Putin sullo stato della nazione, dedicato alle questioni interne e internazionali, ha suscitato in Italia scarso interesse politico-mediatico e qualche commento ironico. | Eppure dovrebbe essere ascoltato con estrema attenzione. Evitando giri diplomatici di parole, Putin …

Staff (2018-03-10). Summit Plan Too Easy on North Korea? U.S. Rejects Criticism. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says North Korea has made promises to denuclearize, stop its nuclear and missile testing and allow joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises. | The post Summit Plan Too Easy on North Korea? U.S. Rejects Criticism appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Stefanie Duguay, The Conversation (2018-03-10). 'Queer Eye' and the Myth of the Self-Made Man. AlterNet.org The new Queer Eye's focus on consumerism threatens its lofty ideals. | Netflix's revamp of the classic makeover show Queer Eye, originally called Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, has received rave reviews. In this eight-episode season, the "Fab Five" — gay men who are experts in grooming, fashion, culture, design and cooking — pile into a new pick-up truck to scour the Atlanta area for lonely and messy men. The show adapts to current social realities. Bravo's classic Queer Eye for The Straight Guy aired in 2003 and was considered daring simply by displaying gay and heterosexual men interacting on television. This Fab Five address a wider range of issues including racism and religious differences. Recent reviewers say the show does a good job of teaching heterosexual men how to display emotions and develop self-acceptance. By so doing, Queer Eye becomes. . .

Truthout Stories (2018-03-10). Cochran, Corker, Flake and Hatch: The Great Senate "See Ya!" Truthout Stories The US Capitol is bathed in the light of the sun setting over the National Mall in Washington, DC, on March 7, 2018. (Photo: Samuel Corum / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images) | No matter what happens during the 2018 midterm elections, Congress is going to be a different place next year. More than 30 Republican lawmakers are joining Cochran, Flake, Corker and Hatch next year on their way to parts unknown. August names like Issa, Gowdy, Barton, Chaffetz and Farenthold will no longer be with us. Will anything change as a result?The US Capitol is bathed in the light of the sun setting over the National Mall in Washington, DC, on March 7, 2018. (Photo: Samuel Corum / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images) | This Truthout original was only possible because of our readers' ongoing support. Can you make a monthly…

RT (2018-03-10). Pentagon says Trump will get flyovers but no tanks at grand military parade. RT US News President Donald Trump will get his military parade through Washington DC on Veterans' Day, but without tanks. The Pentagon said only wheeled military vehicles would be on display, to avoid damaging roads.
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WSWS (2018-03-10). YouTube threatens to shut down right-wing Infowars channel. World Socialist Web Site The move sets a dangerous precedent that will be turned against left-wing news outlets.

RT (2018-03-10). Outcry as Trump links violence to video games, shows reel with gaming massacre at Moscow airport. RT US News President Trump highlighted extreme violence in video games with the help of a stomach-churning compilation including a video game massacre in a Moscow airport. Critics lashed out at the suggestion that gaming causes violence.
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Agence France-Presse (2018-03-10). Putin Claims 'Jews' Could be Behind U.S. Election Meddling. AlterNet.org U. S. intelligence chiefs says Russia still seeks to meddle in American elections. | President Vladimir Putin suggested in a US television interview that Ukrainians, Tatars or "Jews," could have meddled in the 2016 US presidential election — but not the Kremlin. "Why have you decided the Russian authorities, myself included, gave anybody permission to do this? " Putin asked in the often-combative interview with NBC television. The leading US intelligence. . . | Related Stories: WATCH: Police Kick Good Samaritan Out Of McDonald's For Buying Homeless MealInventors of Killing Machines Like the AK-47 Often Regret Their CreationsYoung Courage vs. White Male Rage

WSWS (2018-03-10). Russian economy stagnates as presidential election approaches. World Socialist Web Site Russians will head to the polls on March 18, as the Kremlin touts an economic recovery that leaves millions behind.

WSWS (2018-03-10). Still no facts in UK/Russia double agent poisoning case. World Socialist Web Site Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia are in a critical condition after allegedly being exposed to what has been described only as a "nerve agent."

RT (2018-03-10). Trump says deal with North Korea 'very much in the making'. RT US News US President Donald Trump believes he is capable of reaching a deal with North Korea that will be a "very good one for the world," he said, after agreeing to talks with Pyongyang following Kim Jong-un's invitation for a meeting.
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Robert Reich, RobertReich.org (2018-03-10). Robert Reich: America's Shkreli Problem. AlterNet.org Shkreli's going to prison. But what about the other unbridled narcissists in positions of power? | On Friday, Martin Shkreli was sentenced to seven years in prison. What, if anything, does Shkreli's downfall tell us about modern America? Shkreli's early life exemplified the rags-to-riches American success story. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, in April 1983, to parents who immigrated from Albania and worked as janitors in New York apartment buildings. Shkreli attended New York's Hunter College High School, a public school for intellectually gifted young people, and in 2005 received a bachelor's degree in business administration from Baruch College. But soon thereafter, Shkreli turned toward shady deals. He started his own hedge fund, betting that the stock prices of certain biotech companies would drop. Then he used financial chat rooms on the Internet to savage the companies he bet against, causing their. . .

WSWS (2018-03-10). Australian government obtains "national security" exemption from Trump's trade war measures. World Socialist Web Site The government argued that retaining steel production in Australia was vital for its $200 billion military spending program.

WSWS (2018-03-10). Nearly 30,000 Los Angeles School District support staff to vote for strike authorization. World Socialist Web Site The unions in Los Angeles are working to keep the struggles of school workers and teachers separate, while preventing a united movement of the entire working class in defense of public education.

Hannah Seligson (2018-03-10). Ivanka Trump Backed Flynn and Manafort. She Discussed Firing Comey. How Has She Evaded Mueller's Investigation? The Intercept Ivanka Trump is the ghost of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation: She is connected, either directly or tangentially, to events at the heart of the probe, yet all but invisible to the public. | But as Mueller's investigation broadens, the so-called first daughter is becoming a long overdue part of the bigger story of alleged corruption at the Trump Organization. Last week, we learned that the FBI is looking into the financing and negotiations surrounding her involvement with Trump International Hotel and Tower in Vancouver, which is home to an Ivanka Trump-branded spa. That inquiry may be unrelated to the Russia probe, but it should draw scrutiny to Ivanka's business dealings and how they relate to her father's political rise. | The mainstream press frequently describes Ivanka — who recently denied any collusion between Donald Trump's campaign and the…

WSWS (2018-03-10). Spreading wave of working class unrest in the US follows West Virginia teachers strike. World Socialist Web Site The ruling class and the trade unions are desperately seeking to control social opposition and prevent demands for walkouts from developing in the direction of a general strike.

Marshall Auerback, AlterNet (2018-03-10). Meet the Democratic 'Dirty Dozen' Working to Gut Financial Reforms. AlterNet.org This act of regulatory vandalism highlights everything that is corrupt about our political system. | As if to maximize the possibility of another major financial crisis, the Trump administration and the GOP have recently been busy undercutting the limited safeguards established a decade ago via Dodd-Frank. The latest example of this stealth attack on Wall Street reform is the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, appropriately sponsored by Republican Senator Mike Crapo of Idaho, chairman of the Senate Banking Committee. Appropriate, because this is literally a "crapo" bill. It provides a few "technical tweaks" to Dodd-Frank in the same way in which protection payouts to organized crime provide businesses with "insurance" against property damage. In reality, it is an act of regulatory vandalism, which highlights everything that is corrupt about our political system. We have grown to expect no less from. . .

WSWS (2018-03-10). US "allies" scramble for tariff exemptions. World Socialist Web Site The European Union is "counting" on being exempted from the Trump tariff measures but may get short shrift.

WSWS (2018-03-10). Aircraft carrier visit cements Vietnam's alignment with Washington. World Socialist Web Site Vietnam's strategic importance to US imperialism stems primarily from how it can be used against China.

WSWS (2018-03-10). Four dead following hostage situation at Northern California veterans home. World Socialist Web Site The hostages were employees of the nonprofit organization Pathway House, which provides services to veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Nicolas J.S. Davies (2018-03-10). The Illusion of War Without Casualties. MintPress News Last Sunday's Oscar Awards were interrupted by an incongruous propaganda exercise featuring a Native American actor and Vietnam vet, featuring a montage of clips from Hollywood war movies. | The actor, Wes Studi, said that he "fought for freedom" in Vietnam. But anyone with even a rudimentary understanding of that war, including for instance the millions of viewers who watched Ken Burns' Vietnam War documentary, knows that it was the Vietnamese who were fighting for freedom — while Studi and his comrades were fighting, killing and dying, often bravely and for misguided reasons, to deny the people of Vietnam that freedom. | Studi introduced the Hollywood movies he was showcasing, including "American Sniper," "The Hurt Locker" and "Zero Dark Thirty," with the words, "Let's take a moment to pay tribute to these powerful films that shine a great spotlight on those who…

WSWS (2018-03-10). Oppose Sinhala racist violence against Muslim community in Sri Lanka. World Socialist Web Site The government and the ruling elite are using anti-Muslim communalism to divert and divide the working people.

WSWS (2018-03-10). Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific. World Socialist Web Site The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

Staff (2018-03-10). Ex-Patient Kills Three at Veterans Center, Then Himself. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists YOUNTVILLE, Calif.—The gunman who killed three people who work for a California program that treats veterans for post-traumatic stress disorder was kicked out of the program, a relative of one victim said Friday. | Albert Wong, 36, [who also killed himself,] was identified as the man who went to The Pathway House therapy center on the sprawling campus of the largest veterans homes in the country and took a psychologist and two executives hostage, authorities said. | Wong slipped into a going-away party for two employees of The Pathway Home, authorities said. | Gunshots were fired around 10: 30 a.m. after he arrived at the Veterans Home of California-Yountville but nothing more was heard from him or the women until their bodies were found at about 6 p.m., authorities said. | Wong's rental car was found nearby. A bomb-sniffing dog alerted on the car…

Staff (2018-03-10). U.K. Holds Emergency Meeting in Russian Ex-Spy Case. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Police are looking for clues as to what sickened Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia. They remain in critical condition, poisoned with what authorities said was a rare nerve agent. | The post U.K. Holds Emergency Meeting in Russian Ex-Spy Case appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

WSWS (2018-03-10). Britain: 15,000 jobs in retail and leisure under threat, as jobs go throughout economy. World Socialist Web Site The high street retail and leisure sectors have been impacted by uncertainty over the consequences of Brexit and online shopping.

Ryan Lenz, Southern Poverty Law Center (2018-03-10). White Nationalists Are Pushing for a 'Blue-Eyed' English. AlterNet.org They call it Anglish. | White nationalists have gone looking for a mothertung. No, that isn't a misspelling; rather, it's how the word would look for white nationalists obsessed with seeing Anglish in widespread use. Anglish? I must mean English, right? Nope. Derived from "linguistic purism," an idea that dates to the 16th and 17th centuries, Anglish is the English language either expunged of words with Latinate or Greek origins, or with those words completely reimagined with deference to Germanic roots. In the 19th century, writers such as Charles Dickens and Thomas Hardy favored the style, even introducing words like "birdlore" instead of ornithology and "bendsome" in place of flexible. But in the last year, as the so-called "alt-right" has moved further into the mainstream, this old idea has seen some newfound enthusiasm. (Maybe racists have come to realize that if a white ethnostate can't. . .

Heather Digby Parton, Salon (2018-03-10). Donald Trump's Relentless Fixer: The Many Mysterious Doings of Michael Cohen. AlterNet.org Why Trump is so worried about Stormy Daniels remains unclear. But if Michael Cohen is involved, it must be serious. | If there is one person lurking around the shadows of every Trump scandal, it would be his personal lawyer Michael Cohen, known as the Tom Hagen of the Trump family, only with much less class and dignity than the original consigliere of "Godfather" fame. Back in 2011 ABC News described him as "the man behind Donald Trump's possible 2012 presidential campaign," and asked him about the Hagen reference. He replied: [I]f somebody does something Mr. Trump doesn't like, I do everything in my power to resolve it to Mr. Trump's benefit. If you do something wrong, I'm going to come at you, grab you by the neck and I'm not going to let you go until I'm finished. Presumably that does. . .

WSWS (2018-03-10). Hospital workers protest layoffs in Michigan. World Socialist Web Site Two giant hospital chains, Ascension and Tenet, have announced layoffs and unit closures…

Truthout Stories (2018-03-10). Donald Trump's Relentless Scandal-Fixer: The Many Mysterious Doings of Michael Cohen. Truthout Stories Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, speaks to the media after finding out the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing at which they were to appear was canceled, on September 19, 2017, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Mark Wilson / Getty Images) | If there is one person lurking around the shadows of every Trump scandal, it would be his personal lawyer Michael Cohen, known as the Tom Hagen of the Trump family, only with much less class and dignity than the original consigliere of Godfather fame. Back in 2011 ABC News described him as "the man behind Donald Trump's possible 2012 presidential campaign," and asked him about the Hagen reference. He replied: | [I]f somebody does something Mr. Trump doesn't like, I do everything in my power to resolve it to Mr. Trump's benefit. If you do something wrong, I'm going to…

Staff (2018-03-10). The Health Care Bait-and-Switch. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists On the campaign trail in January of 2016, Hillary Clinton told Iowa voters that Bernie Sanders' single payer health care proposal was an idea whose time would never come. "People who have health emergencies can't wait for us to have a theoretical debate about some better idea that will never, ever come to pass," said the presumed shoo-in for president. Two years later, one-third of Democrats in the Senate have endorsed Sanders' Medicare for All Act and half the Democrats in the U.S. House have signed on to Rep. John Conyers' Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act, HR 676. Polls show 75 percent of Democrats favor "expanding Medicare to provide health insurance to every American," and 31 percent of the public at-large wants health care to be the first problem the Democrats tackled if they win…

RT (2018-03-10). Gunman & 3 hostages found dead inside veterans' home in California. RT US News The hostage crisis in California has ended, after the suspect and three hostages were discovered dead inside the veterans' home in Napa County, authorities have confirmed, following an hours-long standoff.
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Ryan Lenz, Southern Poverty Law Center (2018-03-10). White Nationalists Are Pushing for a 'Blue-Eyed' English. AlterNet.org They call it Anglish. | White nationalists have gone looking for a mothertung. No, that isn't a misspelling, rather how the word would look for white nationalists obsessed with seeing Anglish in widespread use. Anglish? I must certainly mean English, right? Nope. Derived from "linguistic purism," an idea that dates to the 16th and 17th centuries, Anglish is the English language either expunged of words with Latinate or Greek origins, or with those words completely reimagined with deference to Germanic roots. In the 19th century, writers such as Charles Dickens and Thomas Hardy favored the style, even introducing words like "birdlore" instead of ornithology and "bendsome" in place of flexible. But in the last year, as the racist "alt-right" has moved farther into the mainstream, this old idea has seen some newfound enthusiasm. (Maybe racists have come to realize that if a white ethnostate can't. . .

WSWS (2018-03-10). Google's alliance with the military: The ruling class responds to social unrest in America. World Socialist Web Site Google's admission that it is aiding and abetting the US military's illegal assassination program exemplifies the sinister alliance of the technology monopolies with the repressive apparatus of the state.

Belle Chesler, TomDispatch (2018-03-10). What Does It Mean When High School Students Take the Lead in Fighting a National Problem? AlterNet.org Will an AR-15 succeed where the American Dream failed? | "It was no surprise to anyone who knew him to hear that he was the shooter. " | — Emma Gonzalez, Senior, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High SchoolOver the past three weeks, the impassioned voices and steadfast demands of the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have resounded across social media and through the halls of the large suburban high school where I teach visual arts. A group of senior girls, spurred to action by the horrors of the Parkland massacre and emboldened by watching videos of its protesting students, organized a walkout of their own. Though it was an uncharacteristically cold, snowy day in our part of Oregon, hundreds of students marched out of school, engaging in what was certainly, for many of them, their first act of civil disobedience. I. . .

WSWS (2018-03-10). Video of Border Patrol agents dragging mother away from children sparks outrage. World Socialist Web Site Perla Morales Luna had stepped out with her three daughters to pay their rent last weekend when she was suddenly grabbed and dragged away by federal agents.

Mr. Fish (2018-03-10). No More Shitheads. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The post No More Shitheads appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Aída Chávez (2018-03-10). Congress Failed to Meet Donald Trump's DACA Deadline, but These Dreamers Are Fighting On. The Intercept The determination of the young people at the heart of the DACA debate — and the struggles they face — is often left out of the conversation. | The post Congress Failed to Meet Donald Trump's DACA Deadline, but These Dreamers Are Fighting On appeared first on The Intercept.

Staff (2018-03-10). Ethiopian-Israelis Decry Family Separation as Discriminatory. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Hundreds of families have been split over what they say is an inconsistent immigration policy. Their fate hinges on an Israeli government decision over whether to allow for their reunification. | The post Ethiopian-Israelis Decry Family Separation as Discriminatory appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Staff (2018-03-10). In China, Critics Silenced on Move to End Term Limits. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists As the Communist Party unveils a proposal to allow President Xi Jinping to rule indefinitely, critics are resorting to roundabout ways to voice concerns about greater political repression ahead. | The post In China, Critics Silenced on Move to End Term Limits appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

WSWS (2018-03-10). Germany: The new Social Democratic ministers. World Socialist Web Site The SPD will play a key role in the new cabinet, after rank-and- file members approved the right-wing coalition agreement by a clear two-thirds majority.

WSWS (2018-03-10). Berlin film festival: SPD cabinet minister promotes #MeToo campaign. World Socialist Web Site The media circus at this year's Berlinale was all centred on one topic: #MeToo. Virtually every interview, meeting and media report mentioned the sexual misconduct campaign in one way or another.

RT (2018-03-10). Trump pardons submariner who took photos of classified sub & used 'Clinton emails' defense. RT US News US president Donald Trump has pardoned a Navy sailor who was sentenced to prison for taking and "mishandling" photos of a classified military vessel. The submariner used Hillary Clinton's email scandal in his court defense.
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Phillip Smith, AlterNet (2018-03-10). How LSD Makes Music Profoundly Awesome. AlterNet.org Researchers are learning more about how the powerful psychedelic affects the brain. | Listening to Jimi Hendrix on acid back in the day was absolutely mind-melting. The sounds transcended normal tonality—not to mention space-time—and the music itself took on deep, deep meaning. It seemed like he was plugged into the primal energies of the universe, and profound truths flickered like jagged lightning. It wasn't just the music of the master, either—LSD had the uncanny ability to imbue even the most saccharine dreck with cosmic connotations. Any old head who suddenly "got" Terry Jacks' "Seasons in the Sun" in an acid-induced tearful epiphany knows whereof I speak. Now, some new research helps explain why that happens. A recent study in Cerebral Cortex found that LSD changed the perception of music by altering the neural response in certain key brain regions, including those that govern. . .

Frederick Clarkson, Political Research Associates (2018-03-10). Religious Freedom Is a Progressive Value and a Cornerstone of Our Democracy. AlterNet.org The Christian Right has been appropriating religious freedom to advance its agenda—frequently saying what religious freedom is not, but not much about what it is. | (Editor's note: The following article is adapted from the author's speech at the New York Society for Ethical Culture and first appeared at PoliticalResearch. org)Religious freedom is a central issue of our time. It has figured prominently in recent decisions of the U. S. Supreme Court. It was a major theme of the presidential election of 2016. And it has been a major theme of the Christian Right in both its evangelical protestant and Catholic expressions, as part of an effort to enact their religious and political agenda. In June, the Supreme Court will announce its decision in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, where it will be decided whether businesses can discriminate. . .

Staff (2018-03-10). Summit Plan Too Easy on North Korea? U.S. Rejects Criticism. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says North Korea has made promises to denuclearize, stop its nuclear and missile testing and allow joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises. | The post Summit Plan Too Easy on North Korea? U.S. Rejects Criticism appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Staff (2018-03-10). When a Trillion Dollars' Worth of Bombs Is Not Enough. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists For the New York Times, the US is always lagging behind the Russian menace. Previously, the Times has told us how America was losing the "scramble for the Arctic" ( 8/30/15) and falling behind in election-meddling ( 3/4/18). Now it's in the realms of cyber and nuclear war that the Times sees dangerous gaps. | In "A Russian Threat on Two Fronts Meets an American Strategic Void" ( 3/5/18), reporters David Sanger and William Broad passed along the worries of Washington—as expressed by a few military higher-ups, some guy from the arms industry mouthpiece known as the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and a disembodied "The United States"—that Trump didn't have a coherent strategy for dealing with cyber and nuclear threats from Russia. The front-page subhead warned, "Russia has ramped up its arsenal, US has done…

RT (2018-03-10). Trump pardons submariner who took photos of classified sub & used 'Clinton emails' defense. RT US News US president Donald Trump has pardoned a Navy sailor who was sentenced to prison for taking and "mishandling" photos of a classified military vessel. The submariner used Hillary Clinton's email scandal in his court defense.
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WSWS (2018-03-10). Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific. World Socialist Web Site The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

WSWS (2018-03-10). Aircraft carrier visit cements Vietnam's alignment with Washington. World Socialist Web Site Vietnam's strategic importance to US imperialism stems primarily from how it can be used against China.

WSWS (2018-03-10). Spreading wave of working class unrest in the US follows West Virginia teachers strike. World Socialist Web Site The ruling class and the trade unions are desperately seeking to control social opposition and prevent demands for walkouts from developing in the direction of a general strike.

WSWS (2018-03-10). Video of Border Patrol agents dragging mother away from children sparks outrage. World Socialist Web Site Perla Morales Luna had stepped out with her three daughters to pay their rent last weekend when she was suddenly grabbed and dragged away by federal agents.

WSWS (2018-03-10). Oppose Sinhala racist violence against Muslim community in Sri Lanka. World Socialist Web Site The government and the ruling elite are using anti-Muslim communalism to divert and divide the working people.

WSWS (2018-03-10). Transnational beer corporation creates water crisis in northern Mexico. World Socialist Web Site Constellation Brands set up beer manufacturing plants in drought-prone cities and is threatening the region with a water crisis.

WSWS (2018-03-10). Britain: 15,000 jobs in retail and leisure under threat, as jobs go throughout economy. World Socialist Web Site The high street retail and leisure sectors have been impacted by uncertainty over the consequences of Brexit and online shopping.

WSWS (2018-03-10). US-North Korean talks still a tentative prospect. World Socialist Web Site Even if the summit between Trump and Kim Jong-un proceeds, it could rapidly break down, creating an even more explosive situation on the Korean Peninsula.

WSWS (2018-03-10). US "allies" scramble for tariff exemptions. World Socialist Web Site The European Union is "counting" on being exempted from the Trump tariff measures but may get short shrift.

WSWS (2018-03-10). Still no facts in UK/Russia double agent poisoning case. World Socialist Web Site Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia are in a critical condition after allegedly being exposed to what has been described only as a "nerve agent."

RT (2018-03-10). 'Weapon of mass suppression': Russiagate now used to target any dissent in US — Max Blumenthal. RT US News Calls from US lawmakers to designate "anti-American" Al Jazeera as a foreign agent shows how Russiagate's real aim is to suppress any viewpoint that challenges the mainstream narrative, journalist Max Blumenthal has warned.
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Heather Digby Parton, Salon (2018-03-10). Donald Trump's Relentless Fixer: The Many Mysterious Doings of Michael Cohen. AlterNet.org Why Trump is so worried about Stormy Daniels remains unclear. But if Michael Cohen is involved, it must be serious. | If there is one person lurking around the shadows of every Trump scandal, it would be his personal lawyer Michael Cohen, known as the Tom Hagen of the Trump family, only with much less class and dignity than the original consigliere of "Godfather" fame. Back in 2011 ABC News described him as "the man behind Donald Trump's possible 2012 presidential campaign," and asked him about the Hagen reference. He replied: [I]f somebody does something Mr. Trump doesn't like, I do everything in my power to resolve it to Mr. Trump's benefit. If you do something wrong, I'm going to come at you, grab you by the neck and I'm not going to let you go until I'm finished. Presumably that does. . .

Staff (2018-03-10). Ex-Patient Kills Three at Veterans Center, Then Himself. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists YOUNTVILLE, Calif.—The gunman who killed three people who work for a California program that treats veterans for post-traumatic stress disorder was kicked out of the program, a relative of one victim said Friday. | Albert Wong, 36, [who also killed himself,] was identified as the man who went to The Pathway House therapy center on the sprawling campus of the largest veterans homes in the country and took a psychologist and two executives hostage, authorities said. | Wong slipped into a going-away party for two employees of The Pathway Home, authorities said. | Gunshots were fired around 10: 30 a.m. after he arrived at the Veterans Home of California-Yountville but nothing more was heard from him or the women until their bodies were found at about 6 p.m., authorities said. | Wong's rental car was found nearby. A bomb-sniffing dog alerted on the car…

WSWS (2018-03-10). Germany: The new Social Democratic ministers. World Socialist Web Site The SPD will play a key role in the new cabinet, after rank-and- file members approved the right-wing coalition agreement by a clear two-thirds majority.

WSWS (2018-03-10). Russian economy stagnates as presidential election approaches. World Socialist Web Site Russians will head to the polls on March 18, as the Kremlin touts an economic recovery that leaves millions behind.

WSWS (2018-03-10). Australian government obtains "national security" exemption from Trump's trade war measures. World Socialist Web Site The government argued that retaining steel production in Australia was vital for its $200 billion military spending program.

WSWS (2018-03-10). YouTube threatens to shut down right-wing Infowars channel. World Socialist Web Site The move sets a dangerous precedent that will be turned against left-wing news outlets.

Marshall Auerback, AlterNet (2018-03-10). Meet the Democratic 'Dirty Dozen' Working to Gut Financial Reforms. AlterNet.org This act of regulatory vandalism highlights everything that is corrupt about our political system. | We have grown to expect no less from the GOP, whose sole raison d'etre these days seems to be filling the trough from which America's fat cats can perpetually gorge themselves. What is truly disturbing, however, is that the Republican effort is being given bipartisan cover by more than a dozen Democratic senators: Doug Jones (Ala. ), Joe Donnelly (Ind. ), Heidi Heitkamp (N. D. ), Jon Tester (Mont. ), Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both from Va. ), Claire McCaskill (Mo. ), Joe Manchin (W. Va. ), Gary Peters (Mich. ), Michael Bennet (Colo. ), Chris Coons (Del. ), and Tom Carper of Delaware. To this esteemed group, we should also add Senator Angus King (ME), an Independent who regularly caucuses with the Democrats. So, in reality, it's a filibuster-proof "Baker's Dirty Dozen. " Digging into the details, perhaps. . .

WSWS (2018-03-10). Hospital workers protest layoffs in Michigan. World Socialist Web Site Two giant hospital chains, Ascension and Tenet, have announced layoffs and unit closures…

WSWS (2018-03-10). Four dead following hostage situation at Northern California veterans home. World Socialist Web Site The hostages were employees of the nonprofit organization Pathway House, which provides services to veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

WSWS (2018-03-10). Nearly 30,000 Los Angeles School District support staff to vote for strike authorization. World Socialist Web Site The unions in Los Angeles are working to keep the struggles of school workers and teachers separate, while preventing a united movement of the entire working class in defense of public education.

WSWS (2018-03-10). Berlin film festival: SPD cabinet minister promotes #MeToo campaign. World Socialist Web Site The media circus at this year's Berlinale was all centred on one topic: #MeToo. Virtually every interview, meeting and media report mentioned the sexual misconduct campaign in one way or another.

RT (2018-03-10). Trump says deal with North Korea 'very much in the making'. RT US News US President Donald Trump believes he is capable of reaching a deal with North Korea that will be a "very good one for the world," he said, after agreeing to talks with Pyongyang following Kim Jong-un's invitation for a meeting.
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RT (2018-03-10). Gunman & 3 hostages found dead inside veterans' home in California. RT US News The hostage crisis in California has ended, after the suspect and three hostages were discovered dead inside the veterans' home in Napa County, authorities have confirmed, following an hours-long standoff.
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Staff (2018-03-10). The Health Care Bait-and-Switch. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists On the campaign trail in January of 2016, Hillary Clinton told Iowa voters that Bernie Sanders' single payer health care proposal was an idea whose time would never come. "People who have health emergencies can't wait for us to have a theoretical debate about some better idea that will never, ever come to pass," said the presumed shoo-in for president. Two years later, one-third of Democrats in the Senate have endorsed Sanders' Medicare for All Act and half the Democrats in the U.S. House have signed on to Rep. John Conyers' Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act, HR 676. Polls show 75 percent of Democrats favor "expanding Medicare to provide health insurance to every American," and 31 percent of the public at-large wants health care to be the first problem the Democrats tackled if they win…

Ryan Lenz, Southern Poverty Law Center (2018-03-10). White Nationalists Are Pushing for a 'Blue-Eyed' English. AlterNet.org They call it Anglish. | White nationalists have gone looking for a mothertung. No, that isn't a misspelling, rather how the word would look for white nationalists obsessed with seeing Anglish in widespread use. Anglish? I must certainly mean English, right? Nope. Derived from "linguistic purism," an idea that dates to the 16th and 17th centuries, Anglish is the English language either expunged of words with Latinate or Greek origins, or with those words completely reimagined with deference to Germanic roots. In the 19th century, writers such as Charles Dickens and Thomas Hardy favored the style, even introducing words like "birdlore" instead of ornithology and "bendsome" in place of flexible. But in the last year, as the racist "alt-right" has moved farther into the mainstream, this old idea has seen some newfound enthusiasm. (Maybe racists have come to realize that if a white ethnostate can't. . .

WSWS (2018-03-10). Google's alliance with the military: The ruling class responds to social unrest in America. World Socialist Web Site Google's admission that it is aiding and abetting the US military's illegal assassination program exemplifies the sinister alliance of the technology monopolies with the repressive apparatus of the state.

WSWS (2018-03-10). Windsor auto parts workers defy Unifor and strike. World Socialist Web Site Workers at ZF-TRW are taking a stand against decades of concessions imposed with the support of the unions that have eroded living standards and working conditions.

Stefanie Duguay, The Conversation (2018-03-10). 'Queer Eye' and the Myth of the Self-Made Man. AlterNet.org The new Queer Eye embraces diversity and counters toxic masculinity. Yet its focus on consumerism threatens its lofty ideals. | Netflix's revamp of the classic makeover show Queer Eye, originally called Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, has received rave reviews. In this eight-episode season, the "Fab Five" — gay men who are experts in grooming, fashion, culture, design and cooking — pile into a new pick-up truck to scour the Atlanta area for lonely and messy men. The show adapts to current social realities. Bravo's classic Queer Eye for The Straight Guy aired in 2003 and was considered daring simply by displaying gay and heterosexual men interacting on television. This Fab Five address a wider range of issues including racism and religious differences. Recent reviewers say the show does a good job of teaching heterosexual men how to display emotions and

Belle Chesler, TomDispatch (2018-03-10). What Does It Mean When High School Students Take the Lead in Fighting a National Problem? AlterNet.org Will an AR-15 succeed where the American Dream failed? | "It was no surprise to anyone who knew him to hear that he was the shooter. " | — Emma Gonzalez, Senior, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High SchoolOver the past three weeks, the impassioned voices and steadfast demands of the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have resounded across social media and through the halls of the large suburban high school where I teach visual arts. A group of senior girls, spurred to action by the horrors of the Parkland massacre and emboldened by watching videos of its protesting students, organized a walkout of their own. Though it was an uncharacteristically cold, snowy day in our part of Oregon, hundreds of students marched out of school, engaging in what was certainly, for many of them, their first act of civil disobedience. I. . .

Middle East Monitor (2018-03-09). Arizona State University Asks Palestinian Academic to Sign Contract Not to Criticize Israel. MintPress News Arizona State University asked a Palestinian academic to sign a speaker agreement which included a clause that prohibits criticising Israel or engaging with the BDS movement. | The post Arizona State University Asks Palestinian Academic to Sign Contract Not to Criticize Israel appeared first on MintPress News.

Elizabeth Preza, Raw Story (2018-03-09). One Type of Voter Was Uniquely Vulnerable to Donald Trump and Brexit: Study. AlterNet.org Research indicates "neurotic traits positively predicted" the two election results. | A new Social Psychological and Personality Science study published Thursday found that " neurotic traits positively predicted" shares of voters who opted for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election or to "leave" in the Brexit vote that same year. According to University of Austin psychology professor Sam Gosling—one of the study's co-authors—of the Big Five personality traits (openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness and neuroticism), "regions highest on neuroticism are particularly receptive to political campaigns that emphasize danger and loss and that previous campaigns have not tapped into these themes as strongly as we saw in 2016. "The study, spearheaded by Queensland University of Technology psychologist Martin Obschonka, analyzed personality data from 17,217 Britons and over 3 million U. S. participants, testing for "regional prevalence of neurotic personality traits"—including anxiety, and depression. The researchers them. . .

Elliot Murphy (2018-03-09). Why I'm No Longer Talking to Labour People About Gender. counterpunch.org The culture wars show no sign of abating. From digital blackface to charges of Nazism being levelled at those who claim that men are on average taller than women, orthodox social justice ideologues now carry great influence far beyond university campuses and theatres. As Jen Isakson and Ross Speer summarise: "[I]n valorising identity as the essence of More

teleSUR (2018-03-09). Report: Women Are 217 Years Away From Equal Pay. MintPress News On average, women are paid nearly 23 percent less than men and in countries like Turkey, the gap can be as much as 75 percent. | As a response to the staggering gender pay gap revealed in the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report, the U.N. Women agency has adopted the theme of "Press Progress," in 2018 to emphasize how the vast majority of nations are at least 200 years away from gender parity. | The 2017 Global Gender gap report by the World Economic Forum, stated, "an average gap of 32.0 percent remains to be closed worldwide across the four Index dimensions in order to achieve universal gender parity." The gender pay gap is essentially the difference between the average hourly earnings of men and women | Additionally, when the report examined several regions, Western Europe recorded a gender gap of…

Joan Roelofs (2018-03-09). How Effective are International Human Rights Treaties? counterpunch.org Comprehensive international human rights law began with the creation of the UN. "Before the end of World War II, how a state treated its own inhabitants was nobody else's business" (Louis Henkin). Protecting and advancing human rights was one goal of the UN, as many were horrified at the atrocities that led up to and continued throughout World War II. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by all members of the UN General Assembly in 1948 is not binding, yet it was a prelude to legally binding treaties (often called conventions or covenants). The US Constitution provides that treaties become "the law of the land." More

Michael Doliner (2018-03-09). Advanced Creepology: Re-Reading "Lolita" counterpunch.org Creeps are big in the news these days and it is a truth universally acknowledged that all American creepiness is a Russian plot the notorious KGB agent, Vladimir Nabokov, hatched with his novel, Lolita. Humbert Humbert, it's pseudonymous narrator, everyone agrees, is a creep. But he is not a run-of-the-mill creep. Humbert is not a creep More

WSWS (2018-03-09). Striking Illinois grad students speak out against attacks on higher education. World Socialist Web Site The Graduate Employees Organization is desperately trying to shut-down the strike of 2,700 graduate student workers at the University of Illinois.

Paul Sliker, Michael Palmieri, Dante Dallavalle, Democracy at Work (2018-03-09). Blowing Up Some of the Biggest Myths About the Economy and the Deficit. AlterNet.org We can end student debt and have universal health care in our lifetime. | Left Out, a podcast produced by Paul Sliker, Michael Palmieri, and Dante Dallavalle creates in-depth conversations with the most interesting political thinkers, heterodox economists, and organizers on the Left. Stephanie Kelton is a leading American economist and a Professor of Public Policy and Economics at Stony Brook University. Kelton was Chief Economist on the U. S. Senate Budget Committee and Economic Advisor to the Bernie 2016 presidential campaign. She's most known for being a pioneer of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT). In this episode, Professor Kelton debunks budget deficit and government spending myths, and explains why understanding how our monetary system works is crucial to making the political and economic case for important programs like universal health care, free public higher education, infrastructure investment, and. . .

Truthout Stories (2018-03-09). A Step Toward Peace? South Korea Announces Trump Will Meet With North Korea's Kim Jong-un. Truthout Stories The White House says President Trump has accepted an invitation to meet directly with North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un. South Korea's National Security Adviser Chung Eui-yong spoke with reporters Thursday night outside the White House after briefing officials on the recent talks between Seoul and Pyongyang, and said the meeting would take place within two months. No sitting US president has ever met with a North Korean leader; Kim Jong-un has never met another sitting head of state. For more, we speak with Tim Shorrock, correspondent for The Nation and the Korea Center for Investigative Journalism in Seoul. | TRANSCRIPT | AMY GOODMAN: The White House says President Trump has accepted an invitation to meet directly with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un. This is South Korea's National Security Adviser Chung Eui-yong speaking to reporters Thursday night, in the dark, outside the White…

Staff (2018-03-09). South Korea: Trump, Kim Jong Un to Meet 'by May'. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump has accepted an offer of a summit from the North Korean leader and will meet with Kim Jong Un by May, a top South Korean official said Thursday, in a remarkable turnaround in relations between two historic adversaries. | The South Korean national security director, Chung Eui-yong, told reporters of the planned meeting outside the White House, after briefing Trump and other top U.S. officials about a rare meeting with Kim in the North Korean capital on Monday. | No serving American president has ever met with a North Korean leader. The U.S. and North Korea do not even have formal diplomatic relations. The two nations remain in a state of war because the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice and not a peace treaty. | Seoul had already publicized that North Korea had offered talks with the United…

Ted Rall (2018-03-09). Why Does the U.S. Hate Peace? counterpunch.org Give peace a chance, the song urges. But the United States won't have it. Olympic diplomacy seems to be working on the Korean peninsula. After a pair of South Korean envoys visited Pyongyang, they issued a promising communiqué. "The North Korean side clearly stated its willingness to denuclearize," the statement said. Considering that the Korean More

Fred Gardner (2018-03-09). Dennis Peron: Anti-War Activist. counterpunch.org Dennis Peron died in January. On Sunday March 11 there's going to be a memorial for him at Café Flor in the Castro. Everybody knows that Dennis was an indispensable leader in the medical marijuana movement and in the fight for gay rights. Not everybody knows about his role in the peace movement. After Dennis More

Democracy Now! (2018-03-09). A Step Toward Peace? South Korea Announces Trump Will Meet with North Korea's Kim Jong-un. Democracy Now! The White House says President Trump has accepted an invitation to meet directly with North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un. South Korea's National Security Adviser Chung Eui-yong spoke with reporters Thursday night outside the White House after briefing officials on the recent talks between Seoul and Pyongyang, and said the meeting would take place within two months. No sitting U.S. president has ever met with a North Korean leader; Kim Jong-un has never met another sitting head of state. For more, we speak with Tim Shorrock, correspondent for The Nation and the Korea Center for Investigative Journalism in Seoul.

John Laforge (2018-03-09). Fukushima: A Human-Made Disaster Brought on by Bad Faith. counterpunch.org "Nearly seven years after the triple reactor meltdowns, this unique nuclear crisis is still underway," Greenpeace International's Shaun Burnie wrote in a blogpost last December. The word "unique" is an understatement but true. The March 11, 2011meltdowns are the world's first combined earthquake-tsunami-reactor catastrophe. Moreover, while other power reactors have run out-of-control, melted down and More

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